Treat overnight guests to a five-star-hotel experience with our tips for turning your guest bathroom into a spalike retreat.
• Make sure the entire room is squeaky clean. Treat yourself to a day off from cleaning; hire a professional cleaning service to do the dirty work.
• Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor.
• Brighten up the bath with a vase of fresh flowers and add a subtle aroma with scented soaps or potpourri.
• Replace a worn or dated shower curtain or liner and switch out an old bathmat with a new, super-plush model.
• Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels, so you’ll always have the “good” towels ready for overnight guests.
• Sea sponges, bath salts, loofahs and bath brushes are items you would typically expect to find in a spa or high-end hotel. They’re also inexpensive items you can pick up at the dollar store.
• An illuminated or magnifying vanity mirror is a thoughtful addition that older visitors or guests with impaired eyesight will appreciate.
• A bathroom filled with the subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood or citrus will make a long soak even more relaxing.
• If space allows, provide a basket or bin for stashing used towels and linens.
• With the ever-shifting rules regarding flying with liquids, many guests may plan on simply purchasing toiletries once they reach their destination. Save them a trip to the store by placing shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor in the shower.
• While a trash can certainly isn’t a sexy addition, it is a handy one. Help it blend in by matching the can’s style or color to your bathroom’s decor.
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